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Urban Adventures in Zaragoza

Last May, I finally had the time and opportunity to go visit the beautiful city of Zaragoza. Being guided around town by three lomo-friends made this the best introduction one could ever have! Let me share my adventures with you!

When I left Madrid, I was looking forward to spend a couple of days in the great town of Zaragoza. I was also hoping to escape the rain… Luckily, I was right about the former — Zaragoza is amazing! But unfortunately, we did get hit by the occasional downpour. Oh well, it could have been a lot worse.

We started our city tour the day after I arrived. The first place my lomo-friends took me to was Aljafería Palace. This impressive fortified castle is a gorgeous example of Islamic architecture. Throughout history, it has been used both by the Islamic Banu Hud dynasty as by the Christian kings of Aragon. Nowadays, the palace is home the regional parliament of the autonomous region of Aragon.

As soon as the rain gave us a break, we continued our tour. Walking around town, we saw tons of graffiti. If you ever find yourself in Zaragoza, try to find some time to just wander randomly through the streets and enjoy these works of art.

At lunchtime, I was introduced to a local snack called guardia civil and several other delicacies. Well fed, we continued our tour, in the rain this time. Nothing an umbrella couldn’t protect us from though!

When we reached Plaza of Pilar, we encountered a group of artists painting some of Goya’s most important works. Madrid-based artist Spok portrayed his personal vision of Félix de Azara. Isaac Marhow of Zaragoza was working on Los fusilamientos del tres de mayo and French artist Yann Leto was giving his version of Caprichos.

The next day, two of my lovely guides, sye and elenagm had to work, so I spent the day with mochilis and her lomonovio.

Despite the non-stop rain, we had the greatest day! First stop of the day was the Torre del Pilar. Even if you suffer from vertigo, as I do, you simply have to go up as the view from the top is incredible!

Next, we visited the impressive tapestry museum in the La Seo Cathedral. After a couple of cheap beers, the sun broke out and we enjoyed a lovely afternoon, strolling through the city. By chance, we stumbled upon this very entertaining roadshow.

On the last day of my trip, we spent the morning at the Expo, a great place for shooting some panoramic photos.

Without a doubt, the best part of this trip was making our short film No habrá paz para los koalas. The making off can be found here.

Photo by littlekoala

This five day trip to Zaragoza was incredible, not in the least thanks to my amazing hosts! Thanks for everything girls!

More information can be found here: Zaragoza,
Palacio de la Aljafería, and Expo.

written by littlekoala and translated by sandravo

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